Located on the top floor of 28 Liberty Street, the first thing Danny Meyer's new Manhatta restaurant serves up to its guests is breathtaking views. The 60th floor dining room (and bar, and events space) offers 360 degree exposures, and overlooks the East River, Brooklyn, and the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges. You'll also be "eye to eye" with an art deco beauty, 70 Pine Street.
As for the space, it invokes the era of the building it's housed in, with a nod to midcentury modern design, which makes sense, given Meyer & Co. wanted to reimagine "the tradition of New York’s top-floor dining institutions." Those were popular in the days of liquid lunches amongst the city's Mad Men.
Meyer said of his new spot, "We saw an opportunity to add something fresh to the dialogue when it comes to New York City’s sky-high dining institutions. Manhatta will be a gift to New Yorkers, providing a perspective of our city that many of us have not yet experienced. The backdrop is stunning, but we want it to feel as warm and familiar as a neighborhood restaurant."
Beyond the views, there's the food, and for that Chef Jason Pfeifer is bringing together New American with a French twist — you can find the menus here. There's a prix fixe at dinner ($78 for 3 courses):
The prix-fixe menu features dishes such as Peekytoe Crab with poached leeks and frizzled artichokes; Veal Blanquette with wilted greens and mushrooms; Lobster Quenelles with trumpet mushrooms and chervil; and Wagyu Bavette with pommes anna and Harbison cheese. For the sweet course, guests can choose from dishes such as a Warm Date Cake with crème fraiche ice cream and whiskey sauce; Blackberries with walnut gelato and sabayon; and a Butterscotch Soufflé.
The a la carte bar menu includes dishes such as Crispy Oysters wrapped in lettuce with sauce gribiche; Croque Madame; and Scotch Snails with parsley and garlic butter.
There's also a bar menu available throughout the day—this features $12 scallops, a $28 burger, and drinks that start around $18 a pop — proving once again that you can't drink with a view in this town unless you're rich.
Manhatta is located at 28 Liberty Street, 60th floor; 212-230-5788, manhattarestaurant.com